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2017 Barbie Pinot Blanc
35.00

This is a tiny bottling of Pinot blanc produced in memory of Gerson’s and my mom. She always loved white wine, and left us far too early just before Christmas in 2016. She was an academically trained fine artist, and the front label was taken from an abstract she painted for me about five years ago. The Barbie Pinot Blanc is produced from Freedom Hill Vineyard, and it was fermented in a single, once-filled Acacia wood puncheon. As with the Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Blanc, this is true, 100% Pinot blanc: there is no Auxerrois in this bottling. Produced much the same way as one would produce Chardonnay, this Pinot blanc was whole cluster-pressed after picking. After settling in tank for a couple of days, the juice was racked to the Acacia puncheon for un-inoculated primary and secondary (malolactic) fermentation. This wine is dry and finished with a pH of 3.32. Slighter more pale yellow in colour than the Freedom Hill bottling, this transparent and shining wine has a rather heady nose of creamy citrus fruits and powdery minerals. In the mouth, the acidity at first seems softer with a pleasing and gentle attack, but it ramps up and builds lovely, high-toned tension in the palate towards the finish. I believe this is the impact of the Acacia. Though the nose and attack appear to be on the more lush side, the mouth and finish have no heaviness or gravity whatsover, making this wine a stealthily fleet-footed, racy, long and clean Pinot blanc.

Appellation: Willamette Valley A.V.A.

Picking Date: 7 October 2017

Barrels:  fermentations (primary and malolactic) and élevage in once-filled Acacia tree puncheon (500L)

Bottling Date: 29 June 2016

Alcohol: 13.0 %

Cases Produced: 49

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Blanc
30.00

This wine was produced from the storied Freedom Hill Vineyard in Dallas (bordering the Eola-Hills A.V.A.) and was planted, owned and farmed by the Dusschee family. The soil here is Bellpine, a marine sedimentary silt clay loam that is well-drained. This is true, 100% Pinot blanc: there is no Auxerrois in this bottling. Produced much the same way as one would produce Chardonnay, this Pinot blanc was whole cluster-pressed after picking. It settled in tank for a couple of days before racking to neutral Burgundy oak barrels (228L). No new wood. Fermented in these barrels un-inoculated, this wine is dry and ML-complete with a final pH of 3.33.

The colour is a highly transparent, brilliant pale, lemon yellow with a hint of green. The nose is full of fruit and flowers, and to date, extends quite a bit beyond the glass. The texture is rich without an iota of heaviness. This wine reminds me just a tiny bit of Belluard's Les Alpes Gringet (Savoie). Excellent acidity, very clean on the palate, and long.  

Appellation: Willamette Valley A.V.A.

Picking Date:  7 October 2017

Barrels: fermentations (primary and malolactic) and élevage in all neutral Burgundy barrels (228L)

Bottling Date: 29 March 2018

Alcohol: 13.0 %

Cases Produced: 324

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2017 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Gris
24.00

Produced from self-rooted vines planted in 1991 at the historic Maresh Vineyard the 2017 Pinot gris was 100% destemmed and fermented in two 1.5 ton "macrobin" (food-grade plastic) fermentors. One pigeage (foot-treading) by me, personally, happened each day. About 14-16 days skin contact occurred before the wine was pressed at dryness. Élevage was in a uterine-shaped concrete amphora tank. The Maresh Pinot Gris is dry and ML-complete with a final pH of 3.5.

It is a beautiful clear pink colour and has far more complexity in the nose (roses, strawberries, and some exotic notes I can't articulate) and mouth than ordinary white Pinot gris/Pinot griggio. It has more structure and power than the white, but drinks more like a rosé than a Pinot. It is has a fine, silken texture and is delicious.

PS: My dear friend, Matt Giraud, who also makes wine (Les Garagistes in Portland) and has been an extraordinary help to me in the vineyard and in the winery the past few years, wrote in a text one night not too long after he helped me bottle it: “This wine is that moment in a vineyard where the sun has set on a warm summer day and the coolness sequestered in the forest above it has just started to seep back down the hill, and it is the moment where that fresh branch crispness meets the warm joy still lingering inside the fruit, that moment that is only a moment before the world closes its eyes and all is silence. Just an incredible wine, Kelley. Damn.”

Appellation: Dundee Hills A.V.A.

Picking Date: 10 October 2017

Élevage: after primary fermentation in two small fermentors, racked to a concrete amphora tank. In this amphora tank until bottling.

Bottling Date: 29 March 2018

Alcohol: 13.0 %

Cases Produced: 159

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2016 Ahurani Pinot Noir
35.00

A medium, utterly transparent crimson red with cool tones, the Ahurani has a joybringing nose of spicy red and blue fruits with a touch of minerals and a soothing freshness. In 2016 (as in 2015) it is 100% whole cluster, and produced from blocks on the top of the tallest hill of the vineyard like the Momtazi Vineyard bottling. In the mouth, there is a gentleness that the Momtazi Vineyard bottling doesn’t have right now. No claws or talons or gimlet eyes. This one is a friendly dragon. It reminds me of the spirit of the Mirabai, but it is the Momtazi version. It has this lovely, flowing movement to it in the mouth, and without being glou-glou, it wants to be enjoyed. It is very early yet (I write these silly non-note notes in late January 2018), and I believe the Ahurani will continue to develop the fruit-side of the Momtazi Vineyard beauty significantly this year. It has the power and delicious acidity typical of this wild vineyard.  

Appellation: McMinnville A.V.A.

Picking Dates:  19 and 20 September 2016

Élevage: no new wood-all Burgundy barrels (228L)

Bottling Date: 20 June 2017

Alcohol: 13.0 %

Cases Produced: 592

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